NCSO: Woman claims wreck due to sexual assault

COVINGTON — A Covington woman claimed she caused a car wreck and fled the scene because she was upset about a recent sexual assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the NCSO, the 30-year-old woman was traveling westbound on the Access Road around 2:15 p.m. Monday and turned left onto Fairview Road in front of an oncoming car. The two cars collided, causing one vehicle to spin into oncoming traffic and strike a third vehicle.

EMS was called to the scene and all the vehicles were towed.

When deputies arrived at the scene, he found two of the drivers. They told the deputy that the other driver had left the scene on foot.

NCSO Deputy Felicia Jefferson said the two victims were able to provide a detailed description of the driver who left the scene, and she was found by another NCSO deputy sometime later walking in the area where the wreck occurred. She was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a limited DUI permit.

“She told the deputy that she wrecked on purpose (and) left the scene because she had recently been sexually assaulted,” Jefferson said.

The alleged sexual assault reportedly occurred in the city of Covington, and an incident report has been filed with the Covington Police Department, according to CPD Capt. Ken Malcom. The victim was taken to Newton Medical Center to be checked out, Jefferson said.

In other news, a 49-year-old man who ran off the road got stuck in the ditch when he attempted to leave the scene of the accident, according to the NCSO.

A deputy responded to Lummus Road around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when someone called to report that a car had run off the road and it appeared the driver was trying to leave.

“The deputy arrived and made contact with the driver, and when he did he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver and noticed that he had bloodshot eyes,” said Jefferson.

The driver told the deputy that he hit some pine straw that was in the curve and it caused him to drive off the road, she said.

“He hit the culvert and was stopped up against a tree. It was then he tried to back up and got stuck in the ditch,” Jefferson said.

The deputy on the scene administered a field sobriety test and determined that the driver, Rodney McCrary of 45 Rocky Ridge Ct., had been driving under the influence of alcohol. McCrary was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.